Category: Tech & Science

Yale study shows same-sex sexual behavior provides species-wide benefits

A team of researchers from the Yale school of Forestry and Environmental Studies recently published research indicating scientists have been looking at ‘same-sex sexual behavior‘ (SSB) all wrong. Rather than being anomalous or abnormal, the researchers suggest that SSB is intrinsic to evolution and that ‘different-sex sexual behavior‘ (DSB) shouldn’t be considered a baseline for […]

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Sensor Tower: Minecraft Earth dug up 1.2 million U.S. downloads in its first week

Minecraft Earth came out in the U.S. in early access form on November 12, and the augmented reality take on the popular exploration and creation game hit 1.2 million downloads in the country in its first week, according to market analysts Sensor Tower. Minecraft Earth is available for Apple and Android devices. You can use […]

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Optane 101: Memory or storage? Yes.

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. By now, you’ve seen the word “Optane” bandied about on VentureBeat (such as here and here) and probably countless other places — and for good reason. Intel, the maker of all Optane products, is heavily promoting the results of its […]

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Alphabet’s trash-sorting robots have reduced office waste contamination to ‘less than 5%’

Alphabet’s X team for moonshot projects has been using robots to sort compost, recycling, and landfill waste in initial use at X company offices in recent months. The robots on wheels can drive to trash sites in the Mountain View, California office and sort recycling and trash using a combination of computer vision and a […]

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Germany opens door to private 5G networks with 3.7-3.8GHz licenses

If you’ve worked in an office or factory, you’re probably accustomed to using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your corporate network, but that’s about to change: Pioneering companies are preparing to use private 5G networks to replace or augment their existing infrastructures, a movement Germany is kicking off by offering corporate licenses to […]

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OpenAI releases Safety Gym for reinforcement learning

While much work in data science to date has focused on algorithmic scale and sophistication, safety — that is, safeguards against harm — is a domain no less worth pursuing. This is particularly true in applications like self-driving vehicles, where a machine learning system’s poor judgement might contribute to an accident. That’s why firms like […]

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Apple and Intel Join Hands to Sue Softbank-Backed Firm over Meritless Patent Lawsuits

Apple joined hands with chipmaker Intel and filed a lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, a Softbank-backed firm, on Wednesday. The firms allege that Fortress Investment Group hoards patents and has used them to pursue meritless patent litigations against big tech companies, violating federal antitrust laws in the US. Both Apple and Intel claim that the […]

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Black Friday 2019 gift guide: For the person who has everything

Buying gifts for someone who buys everything for themselves is a real pain. If they want something, they’re not going to wait to ask you to get it for them. So you have to get creative. And we’re going to help you with that with this holiday shopping guide. For the person who is into […]

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Apple Is Piloting Extended AppleCare+ Eligibility at Select Apple Stores in the U.S, Canada

Select Apple Stores based out of the United States and Canada are piloting a new program that allows users to purchase AppleCare+ even after 60-days from the purchase date. It has been revealed that the pilot program has begun earlier this week. Apple is rolling out the pilot program in about 50 stores in the […]

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Gmail on Android and iOS to gain support for dynamic email starting on Nov. 21, letting users take actions, like purchasing products, directly within a message (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

WeWork says it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally  —  – The beleaguered office-sharing start-up is laying off 2,400 employees in an attempt to right-size the business.  — The layoffs come after several tumultuous months for WeWork, which were marred by a botched IPO …

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Google increases rewards for Titan M secure element exploits on Pixels to $1.5M and to $750K for other exploits; Android hack rewards used to top out at $200K (Dan Goodin/Ars Technica)

WeWork says it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally  —  – The beleaguered office-sharing start-up is laying off 2,400 employees in an attempt to right-size the business.  — The layoffs come after several tumultuous months for WeWork, which were marred by a botched IPO …

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Star Citizen’s ships get ‘Free Fly’ days as part of CitizenCon event

If you still don’t know what Star Citizen is, developer Cloud Imperium Games is giving you a chance to find out. But the short explanation is that it is a sci-fi trading and adventure game that began as a 2012 crowdfunding phenomenon. And now, Cloud Imperium is making the space sim free to download and […]

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Susan Wojcicki says YouTube is working to bring ads to edgier content and its new gaming policy will have fewer restrictions for violence in gaming (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

WeWork says it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally  —  – The beleaguered office-sharing start-up is laying off 2,400 employees in an attempt to right-size the business.  — The layoffs come after several tumultuous months for WeWork, which were marred by a botched IPO …

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Dwight Schrute tells Bitcoin holders to give their ‘worthless cryptocurrency’ to a non-profit

Rainn Wilson has a message for Bitcoin BTC holders: give your “worthless cryptocurrency” to the Mona Foundation, a non-profit that supports worldwide initiatives in education and equality. The organization opened up its donation channels to accept a raft of different cryptocurrencies earlier this week. It now accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, as well as the […]

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